City Room: New York Today: The Holiday Week in Pictures

Friday: A week of mourning and celebrating, more warm weather, and time to shred the old year.

December 26, 2014

2 Drone Strikes in Pakistan Are Said to Kill Militant Suspects

The strikes in the northwest were believed to have been carried out by American aircraft, a Pakistani...

December 26, 2014

What Can Be Done About the Inefficiencies of Giving Gifts?

It's the day after Christmas, or what the Commonwealth calls Boxing Day. Children in Commonwealth countries...

December 26, 2014


Sinosphere Blog: Chinese Viewers Mostly Give Thumbs Up for ‘The Interview’

By midday on Friday, more than 300,000 people in China had seen the film about a plot to assassinate...

December 26, 2014

33 Examples of Intolerant Liberalism in 2014

2014 may be remembered as the year of intolerant liberalism, also dubbed the new intolerance, dogmatic...

December 26, 2014

Tsunami Anniversary, Police Shooting, Christmas Movies

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

December 26, 2014


Jerry Brown, Governor of California, Takes Second Chance to Shape Court

Gov. Brown made a series of head-snapping choices for the California Supreme Court, picking nominees...

December 26, 2014

Some Top Officials Knew of V.A. Woes, Before the Scandal

Long before revelations that the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix had hidden that veterans were facing...

December 26, 2014

Well: Christmas in the Hospital

No one likes being in the hospital on Christmas, but truth be told, there’s no other holiday that I’d...

December 26, 2014


 

The Gap Between the Rich and the Rest of Us Is The Widest It's Been In 30 Years. Here's One Reason Why.

The wealth gap between the richest 20 percent of Americans and everyone else is the widest it's been...

December 26, 2014

A Very Tamale Non-Christmas

I have a secret skill I’ve honed over the past decade: I am an expert tamale dough maker. This may be surprising,...

December 25, 2014

It Is the 100th Anniversary of the WWI Christmas Truce

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Go to war and every politician will thank you,...

December 25, 2014


In Defense of Christmas-and-Easter Christians

This Christmas Eve, among the beautiful poinsettias, familiar carols, and nativity scenes across America,...

December 24, 2014

Go Ahead, Get Outraged

Being outraged at outrage is the new, uptown outrage. To just be outraged is passé, unserious; it is insufficiently...

December 24, 2014

Marco Rubio's Old-School Cuba Policy

Marco Rubio titled his autobiography American Son. The book, whose cover shows the 43-year-old senator...

December 23, 2014


 

Terrorists: It was revenge for U.S. strike

Al-Shabaab said it attacked an African Union military base in Somalia on Thursday in retaliation for a U.S....

December 26, 2014

Surviving the deadliest tsunami ever

A dozen young children chatter and giggle around me, taking my pad and pen to write down their addresses...

December 26, 2014

She can't believe tickets from cop

A 17-year-old girl with a rare, life-threatening condition gets the surprise of a lifetime during a traffic...

December 26, 2014


India's army 'going out with full intensity'

Army, paramilitary and police troops have intensified counter-insurgency operations in Assam in the wake...

December 26, 2014

They have more geeks than GOP

The folks who built the Democrats' data-driven approach to campaigning are saddened by their drubbing...

December 26, 2014

Suspected U.S. drone kills 7

A pair of suspected U.S. drone strikes on militant targets in Pakistan killed at least seven people,...

December 26, 2014


 

Obama's immigration action addresses 'huge' uncertainty for many students

President Obama's executive action not only expands the number of students who can apply for deferred...

December 26, 2014

EPA chief Gina McCarthy to GOP Congress: bring it on (+video)

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday that Americans want President Obama to take action on climate...

December 26, 2014

Do Diversity Initiatives Indirectly Discriminate Against Asian Americas?

While discrimination by colleges is hardly a new controversy, a series of legal cases in the past several...

December 26, 2014


Is This the End of The Magic School Bus</em> Era?

I recently came across a copy of a relic from my childhood: The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body....

December 24, 2014

American Students Who Struggle With English Outnumber Kids Born Abroad

Being born in the United States does not guarantee proficiency in English. Maybe you knew this, maybe...

December 24, 2014

How To Deal With the Police

It wasn’t hard for Mark Federman to empathize with his students and their daily fears about law enforcement....

December 23, 2014


In 2014, One Size Didn't Fit All

2014 was not a good year for the word “test.” “Standards” (and its equally unpopular cousin “standardized”)...

December 23, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

With only a few days left until Christmas, lighted displays, colorful markets, and Santa's helpers are out in force....

December 22, 2014

Wasting Time on the Internet 101

Next semester Kenneth Goldsmith wants his students to spend class time watching YouTube videos, liking...

December 22, 2014